Department of English at Illinois State University

Jennifer Karmin A Celebratory Reading

Join the Creative Writing Program and the Department of English in welcoming the poet, curator and public artist Jennifer Karmin to campus for a celebratory reading on Wednesday, 30 March at 7:00 p.m., with a meet and greet at 6:00 p.m., at the CVA University Galleries.

Jen will be reading/performing work from her book Aaaaaaaaaaalice. Published by Flim Forum Press in 2010, this collection of poems is a word score for polyvocal improvisation. It is our hope to include a collaborative performance of Aaaaaaaaaaalice in the reading.

Jennifer Karmin has published, performed, exhibited, taught, and experimented with language across the U.S., Japan, and Kenya. She curates the Red Rover Series and is co-founder of the public art group Anti Gravity Surprise. Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented at festivals, artist-run spaces, community centers, and on city streets, including Betalevel (CA), Links Hall (IL), the French Broad Institute of Time & the River (NC), the Poetry Project (NY), the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (MI), and Woodland Pattern Book Center (WI).

A proud member of the Dusie Kollektiv, she is the author of the Dusie chapbook Evacuated: Disembodying Katrina. Walking Poem, a collaborative street project, is featured online at How2. Her poems are widely published in anthologies and journals, like A Sing Economy (Flim Forum Press), Come Together: Imagine Peace (Bottom Dog Press), Not A Muse (Haven Books), The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (Cracked Slab Books), Bird Dog, Court Green, Delirious Hem, Plath Profiles, the Brooklyn Rail, and Western Humanities Review. She is the Community Aesthetician for Les Figues Press at Give A Fig.

In Chicago, Jennifer teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and works as a Poet-in-Residence for the public schools. She earned her BA in the Poetics Program at the University of Buffalo and MFA in the Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Past grants and residencies were funded by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Djerassi Program, the Joseph Kellman Family Foundation, the Poetry Center of Chicago, Poets & Writers, Rochester Community Savings Bank, Summer Literary Seminars, and the Synapses Foundation.

For additional information on this event, contact Duriel Harris at 438-1401.

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